Independent schools are focused on academic excellence and innovation, and employ exceptional teachers with specialized training in their respective subject areas. However, independent schools place significant value on developing confident, caring young people who are character driven and community minded. WPGA dedicates substantial resources to fulfill this mission, such as with our character education program (CARE), student-led service programs, and international outreach trips to countries including Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.
Clubs and activities are an important part of the independent school experience. WPGA offers over 40 teacher-led clubs tailored to all ages, interests and abilities, including science, math, robotics, musical theatre, photography, art, jazz, Destination Imagination, Planet Club, Model UN, debate and public speaking. Clubs give students the opportunity to master skills, explore passions, make friends, and even travel the world. Clubs are included in tuition, as is participation in team sports, choir and band, drama, art, outdoor education, and all other curricular programs.
At WPGA, a comprehensive languages program, whereby all students learn second and third languages from junior kindergarten, offers students a global advantage, as do our learning partnerships with Connected North, which partners WPGA classes with those in remote Canadian communities; Global Online Academy, in which students learn and collaborate with teachers and peers from leading schools worldwide; and the Global Studies Program in partnership with the Liu Institute for Global Studies at UBC.
Independent school communities, such as the WPGA community, are traditionally close, loyal and supportive. By the time students have graduated from WPGA, whether they enrolled in grade 1 or grade 8, they have made lasting friendships and a lifelong network of connections. At WPGA, our alumni are our most valued ambassadors, and we continually strive to keep them connected within our community and with each other.